Missouri senator praises sex offender registry ruling

Thursday, June 18, 2009 | 3:49 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A Republican Missouri senator is praising a state Supreme Court ruling calling for all sex offenders to register no matter when their offense happened.

The state high court had previously determined that sex offenders whose crime came before the registry's creation in 1995 didn't have to sign up. That's because of a state constitutional provision banning retroactive laws.

The court ruled this week that a federal law requires registration anyway.

Sen. Jason Crowell, of Cape Girardeau, has sponsored a constitutional amendment that would have allowed sex offender registry laws to apply retrospectively. Crowell said this week's ruling negates the need for the amendment.

He said it's a "victory for anyone concerned with protecting Missouri's children from sexual predators."


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Steve Spor June 19, 2009 | 10:14 a.m.

I am really sick and tired of these senators saying they are keeping kids safe. That is a completely false statement and it misleads the public.
They say these things to appear to be tough on sex offenders and sex crimes, but what these laws really do is brand people for life with a scarlet letter. I am a complete believer in the offender registries, but Missouri is a complete joke. If someone can get onto the list by peeing on the side of a dumpster or teens can get on the list by having fun with a girl that is a couple of years difference in age then we are all a danger to society and should all be on the list. If all these offenders are such a danger to society that were taken off the list (35%) then there should have been at least a 15% increase in sex offenses if this law was worth a lick. Well, my friends there were not. And for all those people out there that think sex offenders have a higher rate of recidivism, do the research by using the State Approved websites like the department of corrections and you will find that it is simply not true. In fact the rate is lower than most other violent crimes like murder. In order to keep kids safe there are individuals that you should be aware of on a good list. There are people that will do that to our children and they should be followed for life. If the law was administered in that way, we would all be safer and we would know who really to keep an eye on!

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Ray Shapiro June 19, 2009 | 10:50 a.m.

@Steve Spor:
I kind of understand your point.
If there are individuals with understandably minor offenses on said list, it not only demonizes those who relieve themselves in the bushes but also skews statistics on real problems.
Perhaps someone intentionally wants to skew the numbers.
Why would any government official want to do that?

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mr furpo June 19, 2009 | 5:27 p.m.

In the United States, the federal government is prohibited from passing ex post facto laws by Article I, section 9 of the U.S. Constitution and the states are prohibited from the same by clause 1 of section 10. 1798.

Destroying one of our most fundamental rights is not a victory for anyone.

According to the D.O.J. sex offenders have the lowest recidivism rate of all criminals except murderers, murderers have a rate of 1 - 1.5%, sex offenders have a rate of 3% - 7%, all other convicts have a rate of 65% - 70%.

Its sad that we as a people allow this mob mentality based on hysteria brought to you by the likes of Nancy Grace and Chris Hansen, and of course politicians cant take the chance of looking "soft on crime" no matter what the facts are.

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mr furpo June 20, 2009 | 10:03 a.m.

How sad that this nation of sheep will give up its rights with a smile as long as the Government tells us "Its for the children" or "Terrorist Threat".

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Jerry Brandt July 1, 2009 | 6:16 p.m.

I know the parents which are friends of mine are on the registry because DFS and a rogue Juvenile officer accused their daughter of being raped by two little boys. Because the parents refused to believe the lie, they were put on the registry for spite. The registry is a joke

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